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  • Tor browser for Windows exploit discovered, malware may be gathering info for Uncle Sam

    It was just over two years ago that the paragon of internet privacy, the Tor project, decided to build its own browser by forking Firefox. Wired reports that an exploit of that very same browser has been recently discovered that allowed a number of users’ Windows computers to be infected with malware. Once installed, the code delivered infected machines’ hostnames and MAC addresses to a remote web server in Reston, Virginia, a city located just outside Washington D.C. The browser exploit — a JavaScript vulnerability inherent to Firefox version 17, the version upon which the Tor browser was built — was enabled by a breach of Freedom Hosting servers. In this case, affected Freedom Hosting servers delivered web pages to users with the JavaScript exploit embedded in them.

    There’s no direct evidence that the malware comes from the government, but the malware’s command and control IP address is registered to a governmental defense contractor. Plus, the data pulled from infected machines indicates it could be an example of the FBI’s computer and internet protocol address verifier (CIPAV) software first identified by Wired in 2007. CIPAV has been used by the FBI to help identify and catch terrorists, hackers and criminals since 2002, but the exact nature of the software has never been revealed. Regardless, the vulnerability in the browser has been identified and fixed, so users need only update to the newest version of the Tor browser to keep their web traffic away from prying eyes… for now, at least.

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    Via: Wired

    Source: Tor Project, Tor Blog

  • Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post for $250 million in cash

    Some big (and surprising) news in the media industry today: The Washington Post has just confirmed that it and its affiliated publications have been acquired by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million in cash. The paper notes that Amazon itself “will have no role in the purchase,” and that Bezos “will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days.” It also goes on to explain that the existing Washington Post Company, which owns a number of other businesses, “will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post thereafter.”

    In an interview with the paper, the Post Co.’s chief executive, Donald Graham, says that “The Post could have survived under the company’s ownership and been profitable for the foreseeable future. But we wanted to do more than survive,” adding, “I’m not saying this guarantees success but it gives us a much greater chance of success.” In a letter to Post employees, Bezos, who was apparently one of several suitors considered by the paper, says that he “won’t be leading The Washington Post day-to-day,” but that “there will of course be change at The Post over the coming years,” and that “we will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment.”

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    Via: @Romenesko (Twitter)

    Source: The Washington Post (1), (2)

  • High fidelity: Inside John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone analog studio

    High fidelity inside John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone analog studio

    “There are a lot of records that I love that clearly have a Pro Tools imprint of them that just sound like sh**,” answers John Vanderslice, excitedly. Though that last part really goes without saying. If there’s anything about which the musician isn’t passionate, we certainly haven’t discovered it during the hour or so we’ve been at his Tiny Telephone studio. Talking to Vanderslice is less a conversation than it is immersion therapy in musical enthusiasm. “And these are great bands,” he continues. “I actually refrain from being specific because I often know the people that have recorded them, that have mastered them. These are bands operating at the prime of their career. This represents two or three years of their creative thinking and their work, and they’re making a five-minute decision to record on this medium versus this medium. It isn’t cheaper or more expensive. It’s a tragic decision.”

    Of course, anyone with a passing familiarity with Vanderslice will happily tell you there’s one subject about which he’s particularly passionate. And indeed, we’re currently standing in one of the last remaining shrines to the dying art of analog recording, housed in a shed-like building in an enclave of artist spaces at the end of a quiet San Franciscan side street. When we first arrived, a bit on the early side for a Sunday morning, the former Mk Ultra frontman was beaming beneath a patch of blue dye on platinum-blond hair. It’s an expression that won’t leave his face for the duration of our stay, even when the conversation turns to Pro Tools, something of a dirty word around the 1,700-square-foot studio, which boasts Wurlitzers, Hammonds and grand pianos. There’s an ancient harpsichord, a 1976 Neve 30-channel board, reel to reels and a room full of tape. It’s a bit like stumbling into Phil Spector’s bomb shelter.

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  • Time Warner Cable CEO vows to end CBS blackout, proposes a-la-carte pricing

    Time Warner Cable CEO vows to end CBS blackout, proposes alacarte pricing

    Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt today sent an open letter to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves today, expressing a desire to resume negotiations and end the current programming blackout. In the document, which was reportedly received by CBS executives at the same time it was sent to reporters, Britt proposes that TWC make the network’s stations available to consumers with an a-la-carte pricing model — the cable company will hand over the entire tariff to CBS. While the terms are being discussed, Britt expects CBS to give permission to resume broadcasts immediately, and to re-enable CBS.com access for TWC internet subscribers as well. The bizarre “open” nature of this letter makes it possible to conclude that today’s action was simply a public-relations ploy, giving the impressions that Time Warner is being generous by bringing this peace offering to the table. We imagine the situation is significantly more complex than this single-page letter would make it seem, however.

    [Photo by Jonathan Fickies/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

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    Source: Deadline, AP (Yahoo)

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